Sar­gent passed on im­pres­sive suit­ors in choos­ing UVA

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Steve Sherman

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Ed­i­tor When you’ve made a name for your­self na­tion­ally in high school cross coun­try and track C field cir­cles, coaches come call­ing from all four cor­ners of the coun­try try­ing to re­cruit your ser­vices at the col­le­giate level.

That was the case for menns­bury se­nior para par­gent who had her choice of pres­ti­gious univer­si­ties to pick from in­clud­ing menn, Vil­lanova, de­orge­town and ptan­ford.

In the end, par­gent didn’t se­lect any of those schools, opt­ing in­stead to take her run­ning game to the rniver­sity of Vir­ginia.

“rVA was al­ways in the back of my Emind) but I never really con­sid­ered it top of my list un­til I was go­ing into my se­nior year,” ad­mit­ted par­gent at a sign­ing cer­e­mony held ceb. T at mHp Tele­vi­sion ptu­dios.

“I really started to get a feel for the pro­gram – the coaches, the girls. It has ev­ery­thing to of­fer and be­yond for you to be suc­cess­ful, both aca­dem­i­cally and ath­let­i­cally.

“Now, that I’m of­fi­cially a Cava­lier, I can’t see my­self go­ing any­where else.”

cour years ago as a fresh­man, par­gent ex­ploded onto the high school run­ning scene, tak­ing first place in the mIAA Class AAA cross coun­try meet.

“Look­ing back as a fresh­man, it seems like a thou­sand years ago and at the same time, it seems like it was just yes­ter­day.”

Bat­tling mononu­cle­o­sis she didn’t know she had, par­gent didn’t do nearly as well her sopho­more year but came back with top 1M fin­ishes her last two times around in states, help­ing the cal­cons cap­ture three straight team ti­tles in cross coun­try.

par­gent says she’s learned ev­ery­thing she needs to know to suc­ceed at the next level right here on Hood Boule­vard.

“I’ve really changed and I’ve ma­tured and I’ve grown up and menns­bury has really taught me ev­ery­thing that I need to know to go out into col­lege at the rniver­sity of Vir­ginia,” she said.

“They’ve really set me up to suc­ceed in life. Look­ing back, I wouldn’t change a thing; the last four years have been ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble.”

More re­cently, par­gent has set some ma­jor mile­stones on the in­door track cir­cuit, break­ing the all­time record in the 1-mile run with her time of 5WMM.29 at the 2M12 aelaware Val­ley dirls Track Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion EaVdTCA) Meet of Cham­pi­ons. phe also set a new all-time aVdTCA record last year in the 1,MMM-me­ter run.

Last spring in out­door states at phip­pens­burg, af­ter find­ing her­self in fourth place on the fi­nal lap of the 1,SMM-me­ter run, par­gent kicked it into high gear and nipped men­nridge fresh­man Marissa pheva E4W51.29), fin­ish­ing the race in four min­utes, 51.M4 sec­onds.

Even more re­cently, she turned in a fifth-place fin­ish­ing com­pet­ing in the dirls In­vi­ta­tional Mile in this year’s Mill­rose dames held ceb. 19 at the Ar­mory in New York City.

And on ceb. 24 at the mTcCA In­door Track C cield Cham­pi­onships, she fin­ished third in the mile while help­ing her team take sec­ond in the 4xUMM-me­ter re­lay and third in the 4x4MMme­ter re­lay.

At Vir­ginia, she’s join­ing one of the best re­cruit­ing classes in the coun­try. po says Cavs airec­tor of Track and cield­LCross Coun­try Bryan cet­zer. The Vir­ginia coach says his team went out and got it­self a proven bunch of win­ners, adding that the fo­cus was on im­prov­ing in both dis­tance and sprint events.

“lne thing you will no­tice about the re­cruits is they come from high school or club pro­grams that ex­pect success and win cham­pi­onships,” said cet­zer. I truly be­lieve that it is im­por­tant to re­cruit in­di­vid­u­als that know how to win as a team as much as they do in­di­vid­u­ally. The adage `success is

Sara Sar­gent in a 2011 race for the three-time PIAA cross coun­try cham­pion Lady Fal­cons.

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